As I have read round her site, I've realised that, although I have being sewing for a long time I know very little about fabrics and threads or about many other of the 'building blocks' of embroidery. I have just bought kits, accepted what is within them and done them! Without even really registering what type of fabric, thread or needle I have used!
However, I have been learning! Haven't yet branched out mind you! Still, one of Mary's posts in August was describing how a type of thread, Coton a Broder #12, was becoming hard to find. This thread looked really soft and luscious ...... and I realised that I recognised it! Wasn't it in this following object?
OK ..... doesn't look much like this. However, in a rolled up state is how my needle case spends most of its life, until I open it up to get at my needles :)
Even unrolled it perhaps doesn't look much. However, I did this when I was about six years old at primary school and I can still remember how proud I felt that I had actually made something!
The material is binca and the embroidery thread looks pretty much like the Coton a Broder that Mary described in her post. It is quite thick, being 2mm thick and it is very soft.
I still recall how intensely I tried my hardest to make all the stitches as even as possible. It is perhaps looking a little tatty now, but I wouldn't throw it away for anything.
I think it is so important that all children get the opportunity to do creative things at school. However, do they nowadays? Between 1995 and 2005, I worked as an assistant in the primary school where my son attended. Over that time, I saw the time allocated to creative work being squeezed and squeezed by the demands of the 'academic' curriculum. When he first went there himself there was a strong tradition of sewing and other crafts, for both boys and girls, but there was little going on by the time I left.